Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
With 14 episodes, season finale will now air December 6
There is no truth to the rumor that Clay Morrow had to "persuade" FX execs into adding an additional episode to "Sons of Anarchy" season 4.
A while back on Twitter, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter started lamenting the difficulty he was facing squeezing all the plot he needed for the end of season 4 into one last episode, even if it was a 90-minute long one the way the show's finales have traditionally been.
FX has solved that problem for him by agreeing to add an additional episode to the season, bringing the total to 14, which now puts the finale on December 6.
Can the two ex-lovers make peace while working on a model UN?
Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in a scene from this week's "Parks and Recreation."
"Parks and Recreation" is coming off one of the best episodes in the show's run to date, and one of the things that made it special was the way it finally addressed Leslie and Ben's feelings about what had seemed like the cleanest, most amicable break-up of all time.
The stewardesses battle racism and communism, while Snow White and Prince Charming meet cute
Margot Robbie and Gaius Charles in "Pan Am."
It's time for another morning round-up, in which I have brief thoughts on the most recent episodes of "Pan Am" and "Once Upon a Time," coming up just as soon as I borrow your uniform...
Carrie tries to use a polygraph expert to trap Brody
Sgt. Brody (Damian Lewis) on "Homeland."
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'm a victim of your fabulousness...
What did everybody think of AMC's new Western?
Anson Mount and Common in "Hell on Wheels."
I posted my review of "Hell on Wheels" earlier in the week. Now it's your turn. Did you enjoy this show's take on the familiar Western genre? Did you buy Anson Mount as a grizzled gunslinger? Common as a tough ex-slave? Colm Meaney as a charismatic businessman who gives monologues to thin air? If you were a "Deadwood" fan, was it hard to avoid the similarities? Most importantly, will you keep watching?
As I said at the end of my review, I didn't especially like the show, but it's acceptable enough in a genre I enjoy that I imagine I'll at least be sticking with it through the end of the season. And as a result, I may wind up doing regular posts - about as long as this one, if not shorter - to see if other people want to keep talking about it. We'll play it by ear, and if the interest just isn't there, I'll either stop or start bundling it up into one of the semi-regular round-up features.
Have at it.
The action slows down for a more character-driven episode
Daryl (Norman Reedus) goes hunting on "The Walking Dead."
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I bet on the snowball...
Van Alden has baby mama drama, while Margaret has a family dinner
Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) has a family reunion on "Boardwalk Empire."
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I send you a book with a horse in it...
Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes headline espionage drama
Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy in "Page Eight."
Johnny Worricker, the hero of the new "Masterpiece Contemporary" film "Page Eight" (Sunday at 9 on PBS), is in British intelligence, but not in the James Bond sense. He may occasionally don a tuxedo for professional reasons, and he's irresistible to a certain kind of woman (the lonely kind, mostly), but his job is to sit at a desk, study the reports that come across it, and figure out what they mean.
And it's a specific piece of paper that gives "Page Eight" both its title and its central conflict. Johnny has been in the game a long time, as has his boss and best friend Benedict, and while those years add wisdom, they can also create ennui. So it takes Johnny quite a while to notice there's something very wrong on page eight of his latest report, and even longer to realize what that means and what he has to do about it.
Tom has another message for his doctor, and the gubernatorial race turns ugly
Connie Nielsen in "Boss."
A quick review of tonight's "Boss" coming up just as soon as I compare myself to Hitchcock...
Morgan gets cocky, Casey gets a competitor, and Captain Awesome gets a commercial opportunity
Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) goes climbing on "Chuck."
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I come back from four weeks of snorkling and sexual experimentation in Hawaii…